Bangor, ME - Husson University defeated Castleton State College 3-1 to claim the 2009 North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. With the win, Husson will advance the NCAA tournament. Miguel Dominguez (Jr., Rome, GA) was named the most valuable player for the 2009 NAC Tournament.
Thirty seconds into the first half, Husson's first shot of the game resulted in a goal by Gavin Madden. Madden was assisted by Justin Gauvin (Sr., Woolwich, ME). Castleton answered with a goal of their own with 4:30 left in the first half. Castleton's Jacob Roswell (Fy., White River Jct., VT) netted the goal after collecting Corey Robbins' (Sr., Barre, VT) rebounded shot in the Husson goal box. Castleton and Husson would enter halftime tied at 1-1.
At the 66:37 minute mark, Husson was awarded a penalty kick. Alex Martin (So., Van Buren, ME) scored off of a low-left shot to give Husson a 2-1 lead. Ten minutes later, Husson's John DeSteffano (Fy., Auburn, NH) scored off of a set piece that was taken by James Crockford (Fy., Watford, England) to bring the score to 3-1.
Castleton's goalkeeper, Mike Anthony (Sr., Dartmouth, MA) made a tremendous second half diving save on James Crockford's shot to keep the Spartans hopes alive (Fy., Watford, England). Husson's Miguel Dominguez (Jr., Rome, GA) also made a huge late second half save deflecting a Nick Johnas (So., Niskayuna, NY) header off of Greg Klopfer's (Sr., Voorheesville, NY) corner kick. On the day, Anthony tallied 8 saves on 19 shots while Dominguez recorded 11 saves on 19 shots.
All Tournament Team Selections:
Johnson State: Noor Bulle (Fy., F, Somalia), Chris Keefer (Sr., F, Montague, N.J.)
Maine Maritime: Jeff Butland, (Jr., Gk, Cumberland, ME), Abdullah Alkhayyat (Fy., M, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Castleton: Mike Anthony (Sr., GK, Dartmouth, MA), Josh Costa (So., M, Sutton, MA), Chris Mulholland (Jr., M, Ridgefield Park, NJ), Sean Fitzgerald (Sr., F, Saratoga, NY)
Husson University: Tyler Metevier (So., F, Kittery, ME), Gavin Madden (Fy., M, Manchester, NH), Justin Gauvin (Sr., M, Woolwich, ME), Edwin Acosta (So., M, Honduras).
Most Valuable Player: Miguel Dominguez (Jr., Gk, Rome, GA) - Husson University